Kazakhstan insists on objective investigation of Rakhat Aliyev’s death
Feb 26. Tengrinews
By Dinara Urazova (Assel Satayev contributed to the story)
Kazakhstan insists on a full and objective investigation into the death of Rakhat Aliyev, Tengrinews reports citing the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
“The competent authorities of Austria have been officially informed that Kazakhstan’s law enforcement agencies insist on a thorough and objective investigation into the death of Rakhat Aliyev (Shoraz). They (Kazakh authorities) have offered to take part in the investigation if the Austrian side agrees,” said the press secretary of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Nurzhan Aitmakhanov.
The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Vienna have informed the Austrian authorities and Rakhat Aliyev’s lawyers about their readiness to conduct all the necessary consular activities in such cases and remain in contact with the Austrian investigators, he said.
The Austrian Ministry of Justice confirmed the death of Rakhat Aliyev in the detention center of Vienna on the night of February 24 this year.
The Ministry, Josenstadt prison where Aliyev was held, and the court – all said suicide was the cause of Aliyev’s death, who was found hanging on a hook for clothes in the bathroom of his cell.
Only Aliyev’s lawyers are questioning the version of suicide.
“Currently, the law enforcement agencies of Austria are investigating the circumstances of the incident. So far, the relatives of the deceased, in particular his widow E. Shorazova, have not requested any help from the Embassy of Kazakhstan,” the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry added.
Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrissov said that the Austrian authorities were investigating the case and “our diplomatic office is in contact with them”.
Idrissov has not commented on whether the body of Rakhat Aliyev would be transported to Kazakhstan and whether Aliyev remained a citizen of our country at all (Kazakh legislation does not permit duel citizenship).
Member of the lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament Azat Peruashev said that a death of any person, even that of a criminal, was not a good thing. He said the incident puts a “tragic imprint” on the political climate in Kazakhstan. Nevertheless, Kazakhstan as a state with “its own historical destiny, its own pace of development and big goals” will stay on course, he declared.